Team Trident starts a new challenge in Bahrain
The track located south of the Capital Manama will host the opening round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship season, a needed step for all drivers aiming at a future in Formula 1. Team Trident is set to battle among the frontrunners with young racers Giuliano Alesi and Ralph Boschung.
The long wait is finally over. Next weekend, the challenging Al Sakhir track will host the opening round of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship. The category allowed three of its 2018 start to go to Formula 1 and is becoming a more and more recognized benchmark in motorsport. The start of the year saw teams and drivers on-track at the Iberian circuits of Jerez de la Frontera and Montmelò for testing. In Andalusia and Catalunya, the two Team Trident drivers, Giuliano Alesi and Ralph Boschung, worked to provide fine-tuning and to gather references for the start of the new championship.
For the teenager from Avignon, it will be the first race in the category. Coming from GP3, Alesi, in the fourth consecutive year under the Team Trident banner, impressed in the pre-season tests, that served him to dip into the secrets of an extremely competitive category. Alesi, who wears the colours of the Ferrari Driver Academy, will certainly be among the rookies to follow with the most attention at the Middle Eastern track.
Together with the Frenchman, the Italian squad will field Swiss prospect Ralph Boschung. The 21-year-old racer, born in Monthey in the Canton of Valais, has almost two years of experience in the FIA Formula 2 Championship. In the previous season, Boschung competed in the first two races of the season before going back behind the wheel for postseason testing at Yas Marina, where he expressed himself again at a very good pace. Both drivers worked very professionally with the technical staff of the Team Trident Trident.
The Sakhir track often provides conditions that change from session to session, especially because the category will be on-track at different times of the day. The Bahrain International Circuit is 5.412km long and is located in the middle of a desert area that originally housed a camel farm. Wind and sand, as well as the sudden changes in temperatures between the central and remaining hours, will create more difficult variables.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
"In preseason testing, our drivers proved very responsive and well-prepared. Giuliano and Ralph worked very professionally with their technical staff, collecting a series of useful references in the preparation of this trip which, considering the many variables proposed by the track, never has a predictable conclusion. We are very confident about our drivers and their potential. We look forward to starting the new season with an encouraging result."